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Sunday Edition's 6th Installment Returns to Braamfontein This Weekend

Here's everything you need to know about Sunday Edition happening this Sunday in Braamfontein in association with OkayAfrica.

By now, if you read our site and are a regular in Braamfontein, Joburg, you should be familiar with the Sunday Edition event series, which is in partnership with OkayAfrica. This month's iteration, which is the sixth, will take place this Sunday at Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein as usual.


On the day, you can catch one of the dopest line ups yet, with K$, a fan favourite from season 1 in Cape Town, taking the stage for the first time in Braamfontein.

Immerse yourself in Braam culture, with street food stalls, art, screen printers and zine makers, fashion photography and street fashion, with the likes of Dope Store, Hip Kicks, Tshepo, the jean maker and other innovators in the local scene in attendance.

This week's line-up and set times:

13:00 Fif_laaa

14:30 Dudu Dee

16:00 Jackie Queens

17:00 K$

18:30 ANG

*Event ends at 20:00

More details about the event on the poster below. Tickets will be sold at the door for R50.

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Interview
Photo: Shawn Theodore via Schure Media Group/Roc Nation

Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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